The board of directors of the Arc of Atlantic County has hired Michael J. David-Wilson to serve as its new CEO.
David-Wilson brings 24 years of experience in nonprofit executive and senior management to the charity. He replaces CEO Deborah Davies, who retired Jan. 4 after 29 years leading the agency, which that supports more than 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
David-Wilson most recently served as president and CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. in Shallotte, N.C., a county provider of senior and nutrition services where he managed nine sites and nearly 250 staff and volunteers.
Before moving to North Carolina, he lived and worked in New Jersey for 22 years. He was the executive director of the Middlesex County College Foundation in Edison for seven years, managing its multi-million dollar financial aid and scholarship endowment.
David-Wilson also worked at the North Jersey Community Research Initiative in Newark and served for 11 years as founder and director of The AIDS Center at Hope House with offices in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties.
Board chairman Herbert G. Hummel said David-Wilson is the perfect choice to help the Arc advance its mission of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
“Mr. David-Wilson's extensive background in management, program and resource development will help strengthen the Arc in these challenging times,” he said.
David-Wilson said people with intellectual and developmental disabilities need the Arc’s support to live healthy, productive and independent lives.
“I am confident we can ensure continuity of and appropriate growth for the comprehensive services today’s and tomorrow’s citizens with disabilities need in Atlantic County,” he said.
David-Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Alphonsus College in Suffield, Conn., and a master’s degree in theological studies from Washington Theological Union, Silver Springs, Md.
“My education in theology and philosophy taught me that we have a moral and ethical responsibility to care for those who are most vulnerable in our society,” he said. “Their lives have purpose and meaning. When we allow our lives and hearts to be touched by them, our lives will be transformed forever.”
He and his wife, Dottie, live in Mays Landing. Both have family living in South Jersey and their daughter resides in Somerville, he said, and they are looking forward to having access to the entertainment of the greater Atlantic City area.
“We need to join forces with visionary and philanthropic corporations, foundations, small businesses and individuals who understand their investment will make Atlantic County a better place to live while growing jobs and the economy,” David-Wilson said.
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